by: Christy on 2/24/2015

Sedona, AZ (February 24, 2015)- The BEST WESTERN PLUS Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas in Sedona, Arizona is pleased to announce General Manager, Lonnie Lillie, was chosen as the 2015 Hotelier of the Year at the 11th Annual Tourism Unity Dinner presented by the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association on February 19, 2015.

The Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (AzLTA) is the leading policy advocate for the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Industry. They represent 37,000 rooms statewide and over 440 members including hotels, resorts, B&B’s and related industry partners. The Annual Tourism Unity Dinner was attended by over 500 guests including more than 50 elected officials and provides an opportunity to unite the industry and honor those who have made contributions to further tourism in the state of Arizona. Annual awards are given out by nominations from fellow industry peers.

Lonnie Lillie has served as the General Manager of the BEST WESTERN PLUS Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas since 2001 and credits the family atmosphere, stellar location and amazing views for the success of the property. Speaking about the award received at the Unity Dinner, Lillie states: “I’m humbled and honored to receive this award from my industry peers. The job I have isn’t done alone. I have a team that makes our location one of the best in Sedona, and not just for the views. We treat all of our guests like family, want them to remember their vacation for years to come and tell everyone about the experience they had. This award is something I will never forget, will display with pride, and am happy to share with my Best Western family in Sedona, Arizona.”

The BEST WESTERN PLUS Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas has been a member of the AzLTA for 14 YEARS and views the work they do as significant and important for tourism throughout the state of Arizona. As Christy Evans, a member of the Evans family- owners of the hotel, stated, “We are very proud of Lonnie and the work he has done with the entire staff. They work very hard to make sure guests expectations are not only met but also exceeded and keep our property as beautiful as can be- just like the community we are in. With the help of the AzLTA we can continue to promote our area and the state of Arizona as a must visit destination. We are proud and honored to be a part of their team and for their recognition of our General Manager, Lonnie Lillie.”

Located at 400 N. State Route 89A, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas features 65 rooms with magnificent red rock views, private guest balconies, and includes six hundred feet of frontage on Oak Creek.

For reservations or more information, call the hotel directly at 800-773-3662 or call Best Western’s 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-800-WESTERN. Reservations are also available at

Sedona’s Movie History

by: Editor on 2/23/2015

Sedona's Movie HistoryA popular tourist town and filled with homes and second home for many, Sedona draws many to its beautiful and tranquil environment even to this day. Prior to the growth of the tourism and expanding homes Sedona was once a great part of Hollywood films. Sedona’s movie history dates back to the 1920’s just after the start of Hollywood. A perfect setting for westerns, Sedona once had sets that were continually used for years set up all over town. In recent years, these sets have been torn down to accommodate housing growth but the telegraph office still stands.

Between 1923 and 1995 over 60 films featured Sedona. Some of the more popular films included Billy the Kid (1941), Broken Arrow (1950) 3:10 to Yuma (1957), and Harry and Tonto (1974). Many famous actors and actresses such as John Wayne, Gene Autry, Joan Crawford, Glenn Ford and Elvis Presley were part of these iconic western films that put Sedona on the map.

While Sedona has become more of a tourist attraction and its Hollywood days are over, Sedona is still a popular set for TV commercials and magazine ads. The Sedona Heritage Museum features exhibits of Sedona’s movie history. With information on restoring the telegraph office that was once used during film making and the only surviving building from the old Sedona movie sets and much much more.

Montezuma Castle

by: Editor on 2/12/2015

Montezuma CastleTake a day trip to Camp Verde and explore ancient Indian ruins that date back to 1100 AD. Camp Verde is located just South of Sedona is is a short 30 minute ride from your Sedona hotel and is the perfect day trip to experience Arizona’s history.

Montezuma Castle National Park, in Camp Verde, is ancient cliff dwellings comprised of five stories and over 20 rooms. These dwellings, abandoned long ago, housed members of the Sinagua culture and still contain artifacts that date back to their existence in this area. Montezuma Castle is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America due to its placement and the protection it receives from exposure to natural elements.

Today, the dwellings are part of a national park and are protected to conserve the history and significance of the ruins. Open to the public, visitors can walk through the dwellings and experience the living conditions of this ancient tribe. The visitor center and museum houses tools used for building the dwellings, cooking, and sewing. Various other artifacts, jewelry and gemstones are also on display. As you look through the artifacts take in the history of the dwellings, its occupants and their culture.

For directions, hours, fees and more, visit Montezuma Castle online.

Valentine’s Day in Sedona

by: Editor on 2/7/2015

There is nothing more romantic than touring wineries while enjoying the scenery and tasting top wines with your loved one. If you are spending Valentine’s Day in Sedona, take your loved one wine tasting in Page Springs. Page Springs offers a number of intimate, fun and beautiful wineries here in Arizona which makes the perfect romantic day trip. Home to 83 different wineries, it rivals Napa/Sonoma of California. Because of the elevation and wonderful climate, this is the perfect location for successful vineyards.

Quaint wineries and stunning red rock views is the perfect recipe for a romantic day. Javelina Leap Vineyard and Winery sits on a 10 acre estate vineyard in Page Springs. Enjoy sampling wine in their tasting room and get a chance to mingle with the owners who personally hand craft their superlative wines. Page Springs Cellars is nothing less than a picturesque winery that sits next to the beautiful Oak Creek. Known for several of their delightful wines, they are one of the most popular wineries in the area. Lastly, Oak Creek Vineyards and Winery produces some of the best wines in the area. Stop by and end your day with a some of the most delicious desert wines this area has to offer.

Conclude your romantic wine tour with a peaceful, relaxing evening with us. Enjoy spending an evening in one of our creekside villas. Listen to the trickling of Oak Creek before you enjoy a soak in our whirlpool tub. Sip a glass of champagne from one of the local vineyards next to the fireplace as you relax in warm plush bathrobes. Book your Sedona Valentine’s day hotel with ease online of by calling us today. We look forward to helping you enjoy your romantic holiday with your special someone.


by: Editor on 1/29/2015

SnowbowlSedona’s location is ideal for exploring Arizona. With a quick ride, you can enjoy a variety of activities and sample all that Arizona has to offer. Take a quick day trip up to Flagstaff for a little winter fun. The view alone will prove to be worth the drive. Enjoy a little winter activity and hit the slopes of Snowbowl. Snowbowl is one of Arizona’s ski resorts and boasts of being one of the oldest, continually running ski areas in the United States.

Located on the San Francisco Peaks, Snowbowl receives approximately 260 inches of snowfall a year. Enjoy 40 runs that range from beginner to advanced across 777 acres. There are six chair lifts that operate throughout the ski season.

Hart Prairie Lodge is the prefect place to grab a snack or a beverage after working up an appetite on the slopes. Ski lessons are available as a group or individually. For the more advanced skiers and snowboarders, sharpen your skills at one of the terrain parks. Choose from three different terrain parks and impress with your freestyle abilities.

For more information, directions, hours, rates, trail maps and lift tickets visit Snowbowl online. Thaw out from the cold and enjoy a relaxing evening with us here at Best Western PLUS Arroyo Robel Hotel & Creekside Villas, a Sedona hotel that prides ourselves in making you feel at home.

Let Us Be Your Sedona Hotel for Superbowl XLIX

by: Editor on 1/16/2015

SedonaArizona is proud to be the host of Superbowl XLIX this year. Rich in history and beauty, our great state has so much to offer visitors. While there isn’t much time left before the big game, you still have time to plan your travel and things to do while in town.

Take a quick trip North to beautiful and peaceful Sedona. Find out why so many call our area one of the most beautiful places in the country. With so much to offer, you will find Sedona the perfect place to relax for a day or two.

The majestic surroundings of beautiful red rocks like you have never seen before will make you wonder why you never visited before. Bring you hiking shoes and take a refreshing afternoon hike of enjoy the sunset while at dinner on a patio overlooking Oak Creek.

With numerous outdoor activities and beautiful sights, Sedona is the perfect getaway to enjoy a nice relaxing evening without the hustle and bustle of crowds and the city. Let us show you how to relax in style. Enjoy one of our creekside villas or a comfortable, spacious room that will make you feel as if you are at a five star resort on a one star budge. We have affordable rates but don’t be fooled by our prices, our luxury is out of this world. Reservations a fast and easy on our website. We look forward to seeing you soon!